Lawyers and their Clients

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Lawyers and their Clients

  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Legal Studies, Pre-Law

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Successful prior study of law

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

    4
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    0
  • Overview

    Course Content:

    This module will develop the range of professional skills needed by a solicitor in dealing
    with a client, both in writing and face-to-face. These include general interpersonal skills,
    ethical and professional standards, research and drafting skills and an ability to advise a
    client accurately and competently, on both legal and non-legal matters.

    The module will develop in the students an ability to think on their feet, to solve
    problems, to carry out research and to deliver accurate legal advice under pressure. This
    module is a pre-requisite for students wishing to apply to take Community Legal Advice
    Centre (LL6196).

    Topics covered include:

    Autumn Semester:
    ? The practical skills involved in conducting an interview with a client in a
    professional and ethical manner
    ? Fact-gathering and questions
    ? Closing and next steps
    ? Structure and control
    ? Preparing to see a client
    ? Drafting and evaluating

    Spring Semester:
    ? The professional ethics and codes of conduct, with a special emphasis on those
    of a practicing lawyer
    ? A range of areas of law commonly encountered by a high street solicitor,
    including housing, consumer protection, health and safety, police procedures,
    legal aid and access to justice
    ? A range of substantive legal issues which would be determined by the specific
    client roles generated each year
    ? Delivering coherent advice
    ? Preparation and preconceptions

    Teaching: Two-hour workshops which will include a substantial amount of role-play

    Assessment:

    STUDY OPTION 1:
    ? Mid-course Practical (30%): This will take the form of an interview with an
    emphasis on the interpersonal skills involved in delivering perhaps difficult advice
    to a difficult client
    ? Coursework (70%): including a second interview combined with the submission
    of an assessment bundle
    STUDY OPTION 2: Videoed Interview/Evaluative Essay
    STUDY OPTION 3: Videoed Interview

    Study Option 1 = Whole Year
    Study Option 2 = Autumn
    Study Option 3 = Spring/summer

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